Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mountain Lyin'

This week Macintosh announced that this summer they'll be releasing yet another in their endless stream of operating systems. Sigh... This time it'll be called Mountain Lion.

It never ends. It's like some kind of computer arms race. It's a full time job trying to keep up with these operating systems. And every time they upgrade the operating system there's the very real risk that your software and peripherals will no longer work with it, turning your printers and scanners into expensive paper weights and forcing you to upgrade.

It's not my imagination either. These perpetual releases are happening more and more frequently. Snow Leopard was released in August 2009. Lion was released in July 2011. Now Mountain Lion is scheduled for release in Summer 2012, less than a year later. I wouldn't be surprised if it becomes obsolete by Xmas.

I guess that's one way to make sure your company stays in business: make your product obsolete every year.

If Apple's not careful they're gonna run out of cat names very soon. They're already cheating with Mountain Lion. That's just another name for a Puma, which they released in 2001.

Personally I'm waiting for them to announce the Civet Cat operating system.

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